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Acryllium vulturinum

Acryllium vulturinum
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-13 14:59
Viewed: 5691
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) is the largest and most spectacular of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and is the only member of the genus Acryllium. It is a resident breeder in northeast Africa, from southern Ethiopia through Kenya and just into northern Tanzania.
It breeds in dry and open habitats with scattered bushes and trees, such as savannah or grassland. It lays its usually 4-8 cream-coloured eggs in a well-hidden grass-lined scrape.
Vulturine Guineafowl is a large (61-71cm) bird with a round body and small head. It is longer in the neck, legs and tail than other guineafowl. The adult has a bare blue face and black neck, and although all other guineafowl have unfeathered heads, this species looks particularly like a vulture because of the long heads and neck.
The slim neck projects from a cape of long, glossy, blue and white hackles. The breast is cobalt blue, and the rest of the body plumage is black, finely spangled with white. The wings are short and rounded, and the tail is also short.
The sexes are similar, although the female is usually slightly smaller than the male. Young birds are mainly grey-brown, with a duller blue breast and short hackles.
Vulturine Guineafowl is a gregarious species, forming flocks outside the breeding season typically of about 25 birds. This species' food is seeds and small invertebrates. This guineafowl is terrestrial, and will run rather than fly when alarmed. Despite the open habitat, it tends to keep to cover, and roosts in trees. It makes loud chink-chink-chink-chink-chink calls.

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Photographed in dry grassland of the Samburu National Reserve.

Velocidad ISO 160
Focal 400.0 mm

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Bellos colores en un ave que no goza de mucha simpatía. Perfectos detalles y una perfecta presentación.
Gracias por compartir

fantastic colours and sharpness, TFS Ori

Nice colours and good sharpness interesting shot love the feather detail. TFS rgds Necip.

Hola Ferran
Que colores los de este buitre!
Tiene unos azules muy intensos, y un patrón formado por las plumas que semeja algún tipo de tocado.
Veo que la tomaste al máximo de los 400 mm.
Me gustaría mucho ver un plano cerrado, donde se puedan apreciar los ojos rojos y demas detalles del plumaje y pico.
Por otro lado, es muy buena esta escena de la colonia reunida.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-13 18:36]

Hola Ferrán,
Rara ave perfectamente presentada. El color y los detalles están al límite y el ave bien merece una foto.
Un saludo, José M.

Hi Ferran,
its a nice shot wiht god details.
The plumage is beautiful both in colours and pattern. The colours of the eye is am amazing. Pity that we can't see the entire bird.
Well done.

Hi Ferran

Good colours and perfectly composed shot. Wonderful camera work. TFS.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-12-14 10:24]

Hello Ferran,

It is not common to photographied very nice vulture!!! The feathers are superb and you use a good pov to capture them on pixels! The image is very sharp too! Colors looks really natural and you managed very well the exposition! Great pic and TFS,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-17 7:53]

Bonjour Ferran,
je viens de voir que tu écris parfaitement en français. Je reviens sur cette image que j'avais vue en vitesse, mais n'avait pas eu le temps de commenter. Ces oiseaux sont tout à fait étonnants et ont un plumage de toute beauté. La composition de ton image est excellente,les couleurs magnifiques (les herbes sèches s'accordent merveilleusement avec le bleu)
Meilleures salutations

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